The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, October 4, 2010

By Jayson

Oct 4, 2010 3:51am

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants JAYCE HENDERSON, CLAUDIA MORALES, JACQUELINE NG FERNANDEZ, CARRIE HALPERIN AND MAGGY PATRICK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
The Wall Street Journals’ Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Likely to Scale Back Legislative Plans” President Barack Obama, facing at best narrower Democratic majorities in Congress next year, is likely to break up his remaining legislative priorities into smaller bites in hope of securing at least some piecemeal proposals on energy, climate change, immigration and terrorism policy, White House officials say. LINK

PETE ROUSE:
ABC News’ Karen Travers: “White House Transition: Rahm Emanuel Out, Pete Rouse In” President Obama, as expected, announced today that his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, will leave Washington to explore a run for mayor of Chicago. The president named senior advisor Pete Rouse as his interim chief of staff. LINK

TEA PARTY / DEMOCRATS:
The New York Times’ Katharine Seelye: “For Tea Party Candidate, Time to Temper MessageRand Paul, the Tea Party-backed Republican nominee for the Senate, sent a thank-you note on Saturday to Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a father of the Tea Party movement, who was coming to a rally for him in northern Kentucky. LINK

The Hill's Shane D'Aprile: "Dems turn fire on conservative third-party groups' advertising" Facing a barrage of ad spending from conservative-friendly third party groups, Democrats are upping their attacks on the outside influence that threatens to drown out their messaging ahead of November's midterm elections. Several House Democrats are demanding some of those outside ads get pulled from the airways and one senior Democratic senator wants an investigation into whether such groups are violating federal tax law. LINK 

MIDTERM ELECTION / SPENDING:
The Washington Post’s T.W. Farnamand Dan Eggen: “Interest-group spending for midterm up fivefold from 2006; many sources secret” Interest groups are spending five times as much on the 2010 congressional elections as they did on the last midterms, and they are more secretive than ever about where that money is coming from. LINK

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt: “2012 contenders pitching in now” A select class of Republican House candidates is reaping the rewards of the wide-open 2012 GOP presidential field, benefiting from the largesse and attention being heaped on them from a handful of White House prospects. LINK

HEALTH CARE:
The Washington Times’ Valerie Richardson: “Voters in 3 states to consider opting out of 'Obamacare'” After taking a beating at the hands of Missouri voters in August, "Obamacare" could be roughed up once again at the ballot box in November. LINK

CONGRESS:
USA Today’s Susan Page: “Elections are likely to trim number of women in Congress” Blanche Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1992, a time when women gained so much ground in the House and Senate that it was dubbed the "Year of the Woman." LINK

REGIONAL POLITICS:
The Denver Post’s John Ingold: “Major changes are at hand for marijuana politics” The medical-marijuana political movement in America began the night police busted into Dennis Peron's apartment with a warrant. They twisted Peron's arms behind his back and placed him in handcuffs. They forced Jonathan West, Peron's boyfriend, to the ground, and an officer held him there, Peron said, with a boot on the young man's chest. When officers learned West had AIDS, Peron said, they put on rubber gloves. LINK

The St. Petersburg Time’s Aaron Sharockman: “Al Gore rallies the faithful in Tampa for Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek” Needing to corral the support of Democratic voters, and needing to do it quickly, U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek called on one of the party's most popular figures Thursday, former Vice President Al Gore. LINK

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Tom Infield: “Pa. voter enrollment off for both parties” Since President Obama's election in 2008, the number of registered Democrats across Pennsylvania has dropped almost 4 percent. But Republicans have little room to brag. LINK

OTHER:
ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue: “Oyez, Oyez! Justice Elena Kagan Joins Supreme Court” Elena Kagan took her seat on the Supreme Court's bench today for the first time during a swearing-in ceremony attended by President Barack Obama and Washington's top legal and political dignitaries. LINK

Bloomberg’s Mark Drajem: “Americans Warned to Be Vigilant in Europe After Terror Threat” The U.S. warned Americans traveling in Europe to be vigilant following weeks of discussion within the Obama administration about threats of an attack by an al- Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group, officials said. LINK 

ABC NEWS VIDEO:
ABC News: “Murdoch: 'You're The People Who Make The Laws'” News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch testifies before Congress on immigration. LINK

ABC News: “Burgess On Boehner For Speaker: 'Let's See'” Rep. Michael Burgess R-TX., talks GOP leadership and taxes on "Top Line." LINK

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